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  • NSIEAB 11:53 AM on 04/04/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Compass Rose visit to Brazil – first day 

    On the first day of the Compass Rose Society visit to Brazil, members went to Araras, a district of Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro State. There, they visited the Anglican School, St. Michael and All Angels’ Mission and other projects coordinated by Anglican Social Action Rio de Janeiro.

    After that, the group visited areas that were affected by floods and mudslides. Many of the visitors, who represented sister churches of the Anglican Communion, witnessed a bit of the devastation that took place in the mountainous Rio de Janeiro countryside.

    More news stories about the Compass Rose Society visit to Brazil can be read on http://compassrose.ieab.org.br.

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    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

     
  • NSIEAB 6:05 PM on 03/11/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    IEAB in solidarity with the Japanese People 

    São Paulo, march 11th de 2011.

    To the bishops, clergy and people of the Church in Japan (Nippon Sei Ko Kai),

    Greetings in Christ Jesus!

    “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 124, 8

    On behalf of the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, I would like to stand in solidarity and prayer with the Japanese people in this time of calamity due to an earthquake which brought destruction and death.

    We have followed news stories coming from Japan with anxiety and despair. Our Church offers prayers for you that you may recover quickly from this catastrophe. The pain which you all feel is, on a different level, also felt by us.

    Our faith communities, especially this Sunday, will offer prayers for all people affected by this catastrophe in Japan.

    God have mercy on us and save us from every evil!

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    The Rev. Arthur Cavalcante

    Provincial Secretary of IEAB

     
  • NSIEAB 8:32 PM on 01/26/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Strong storms continue to cause damage and disasters in parts of Brazil 

    Southeastern Brazil is slowly recovering from the worst catastrophe in its history, which hit especially hard cities located in Rio de Janeiro State’s central mountains. The Diocese of Rio de Janeiro reports that more than 20,000 people have been displaced, and the death toll has risen to more than 800 people.  More than 500 people are still missing.

    Unusually strong rainstorms are now hitting Southern Brazil, especially in the State of Santa Catarina. There, more than 20,000 people have temporarily moved from their houses due to flooding.  To date, 5 people have died,  and 162 people have been wounded.

    Since the beginning of this crisis, messages of support have been sent by several Bishops and Archbishops throughout the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop of Canterbury was one of the first to contact IEAB’s Primate, The Most Rev. Maurício Andrade, and the Bishop of Rio de Janeiro, The Rt. Rev. Filadelfo Oliveira. On Jan 14th, Ms. Sally Keeble, the director of the Anglican Alliance,  reached IEAB’s offices and offered necessary help in dealing with the then-rising crisis.  A few days later, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, opened a much needed account for online donations, which can be accessed here.

    Other messages of support came in the following days. The Most Reverend Roger Herft, Archbishop of Perth, in Western Australia, contacted Bishop Maurício to assure him that Brazilians were in his prayers. He noted that Australia, too, is facing similar disasters, “with floods affecting our eastern seaboard and recent severe bushfires affecting Western Australia.” The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, also sent a message of support on Jan 20th. She offered prayers for the victims affected and for their safe resettlement, and reminded us of the need to have “reverence for this fragile earth, our island home.” Bishop Filadelfo, of Rio de Janeiro, confirmed that, upon request, Episcopal Relief and Development is donating US$ 5,000.00 to help with relief efforts in Rio de Janeiro.

    The Rev. Olav Fyske Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, also expressed his body’s concern about such natural disaster. The WCC offered “encouragement to the local and national authorities who are working along with Brazilian churches and international organizations such as the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance in their efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people, bring support to the most vulnerable and rebuild this part of the country.”

    IEAB thanks all who have been praying and giving to help those who are in need. There is still much work to be done, and despite Brazil’s current economic growth, social inequalities are still abundant in this country. If you still wish to help financially, there are several ways to do so. Other than the Diocese of Atlanta’s account, it is possible to make direct deposits to the following accounts:

    A Brazilian account set up by the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and ready to receive deposits (including wire transfers from abroad):

    Banco Bradesco
    Agency: 3176-3
    Account: 433594-5

    IEAB’s International account.

    Citibank, NY
153
    East 53rd Street/ 16th Floor
    New York, NY 100432
    Holder: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
    Account: 10213501
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    If you send through any of these, please send a message to sec.geral@ieab.org.br and darj@ieab.org.br so your donation can be acknowledged. Also, if you want to help with relief efforts in Southern Brazil, please send such funds to IEAB’s International (Citibank) account and contact us through the aforementioned e-mails. We will make sure the funds are sent to the dioceses affected.

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    The Rev. Canon Francisco de Assis da Silva

    Bishop-Elect of Southwestern Brazil